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1 Daniel O'Connor on Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:28 pm

Daniel O'Connor (born 23 October 1978) is an Australian television actor and singer.
He was one of the top 12 finalists in the 2004 series of Network Ten's reality talent contest programme Australian Idol, aired on Network Ten nationwide in Australia, finishing eleventh. He then launched an acting career, most famously appearing as Ned Parker on the soap opera Neighbours.
Leaving the acting world behind, O'Connor has sought other opportunities. He can now be found working at reception in Gymbox, situated near Bank, London.
O'Connor is from Mount Annan, New South Wales. He attended Hurlstone Agricultural High School. He was a Graphic designer and a youth worker at Mount Annan Church, where he honed his musical skills by singing in the worship team and was a featured vocalist in a number of live worship recordings. He stands at 6 ft 3 inches. O'Connor is a committed Christian.
[edit] Australian IdolO'Connor auditioned for Australian Idol in Sydney. He auditioned with the church classic, "I Surrender All" written by Judson W. Van DeVenter. All 3 judges were thrilled by an impressive performance. Despite Dicko's dislike of religious songs, he gave O'Connor a 'yes' along with Mark and Marcia sending him into the top 100. Later, Dicko advised O'Connor to change to songs that would influence the "world" to vote for him.
During O'Connor's Top 30 performance, he performed "Amazing" by Josh Kelley. The judges were impressed by a fine performance and so were the voting public as he was voted into the Final 12. Also put through to the Final 12 from his group of ten, were Casey Donovan and Ricki-Lee Coulter.
During his Australian Idol journey, O'Connor showed an ability to work the crowd and to dress for the occasion. However, he was told on numerous occasions by Dicko that he didn't have a superstar voice. O'Connor was eliminated from Australian Idol on 13 September 2004, placing him in 11th position.
O'Connor has appeared in the mobile soap opera, Random Place where he played the character of Bo Edwards. The series was viewed via mobile phones and provided a fly-on-the-wall view of the lives of five twenty-somethings sharing a house near Bondi Beach. This was Australia's first mobile soap opera, a format which originated in Holland.

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